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Willet Farm's Press Release

11/14/2011

Fancy Farms, Kentucky, Nov. 14, 2011 – The bluegrass state welcomes its newest solar photovoltaic installation located at Willet Farms in Fancy Farms, Kentucky.  Willet Farms has installed a 100.32 kilowatt (kW) DC rated solar photovoltaic (PV) ground mounted system, the largest solar system on any farm in the state of Kentucky.  The ground breaking for the system was on October 10th, 2011 and was commissioned on November 1st, 2011.  The system incorporates 418 Sharp 240 watt panels and TerraFix racking.  The project was designed and installed by Efficient Energy of Tennessee (EETN), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business located in Powell, TN. 

In addition to being the largest solar system on any farm in the state, Willet Farms was also awarded the largest USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant in Kentucky’s history.  The REAP grants are administered by the USDA and are awarded to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help assist in the purchase of renewable energy systems and/or make energy efficiency improvements.  Along with the REAP grant, Willet Farms also received grant funding assistance from the federal and Kentucky state governments.  

With the system commissioned, Willet Farms plans to sell its clean generated electricity to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).  During the planning process of the system, Willet Farms signed and contracted an agreement to become a partner of TVA’s Generation Partners Program.  TVA will purchase the generated electricity from the Willet system for an additional $0.12 cents per kilowatt hour above the retail electricity rate.  The 100.32kW solar system is projected to produce 142,841 kilowatt hours per year.   

About Efficient Energy of Tennessee

Efficient Energy of Tennessee (EETN) provides a full array of renewable and efficient energy technologies to include solar photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems.  We provide a complete service to include sale and installation as well as assistance with all incentive administration, Energy Audits and HERS Ratings. EETN is a Service Disabled Veteran Small Business.

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